At the foot of the Kilimanjaro
Moshi is a friendly city in the north of Tanzania.
Like an oasis between beautiful expansive coffee plantations, with an attractive mix of African and Asian influences, where the skyline of the Kilimanjaro dominates.
- Surface 59 km2
- Inhabitants 201.150
- spring rain season april & mei
- fall rain season november
About Moshi Town
Moshi, the city of tranquility and space, offers a warm welcome in a beautiful environment.
It is one of the starting points for short safaris and climbing the Kilimanjaro.
Culture en products in Moshi Town
Moshi city is one of the tourist centers in the northern safari circuit of Tanzania and capital of the Kilimanjaro region. As the capital of the region, Moshi is also the center of government activity, commerce, finance and tourism. Moshi city is located south of Kilimanjaro, at an altitude of 700m – 950m.
The population is mainly Wachagga, who moved here between the 11th and 15th centuries. The Wachagga developed advanced agricultural techniques, such as terrace construction and irrigation systems. Due to the early access to Western education and the presence of several higher education institutions, the population of Moshi has a high level of education.
Moshi has a strong colonial background, which is reflected in the architecture of the old buildings that still stand there. Some of these have been restored to their original charm and converted into tourist lodges and hotels.
Moshi is the coffee-producing center of the country. Everywhere in the city and on the slopes of Kilimanjaro are extensive plantations that cover the area with a blanket of coffee.
There are large farms in the immediate vicinity of Moshi where corn and beans are grown. There are many sugar plantations and there is a large (cane) sugar factory. Coffee and bananas are grown on the slightly higher slopes.
Climate & seasons
Moshi has a tropical climate, dominated by the monsoon flow. Moshi city can be visited all year round.
March to May:
Rain is more likely from March, peaking in April. That mainly means a tropical shower in the morning and sometimes at night. Temperatures do drop, but it stays warm (29 degrees on average).
June to August:
In Moshi this is the “cool” period. The temperature has dropped to an average of 25 degrees during the day. There is virtually no rainfall.
September to October:
The temperature is rising again. Little rainfall to be expected.
November to February:
The rainfall varies. This is the hottest period of the year (average 32 degrees during the day).
1. Moshi is Swahili for “smoke.” Probably a reference to the last eruption of Kilimanjaro in the 17th century or to the clouds and mist that often envelop the summit.
2. Germany established a military camp in Moshi (Neu-Moschi) in August 1893.
3. In 1956 Moshi received city rights.
4. Roman Catholic missionaries introduced Arabica coffee cultivation to the Moshi region in 1893.
5. Moshi organizes the Kilimanjaro Marathon, Tanzania’s largest sporting event, which has been held annually since early March since 2002.
6. Moshi has been the basis of opposition politics since the struggle for independence.
Moshi is a host city for the Kilimanjaro Marathon, has several waterfalls, springs and a tropical forest. From here you can climb the Kilimanjaro all the way or hike on the lower slopes.
Animals in the area
Because of the volcanic soil and fed by the natural sources of the mountain glaciers, Moshi has a lush vegetation
and it is the natural environment for many bird and butterfly species.
In the nearby Kilimanjaro National Park you can indulge in the elephants, buffalo, blue monkeys and black and white colobus monkeys.
Dieren overzicht Moshi Town
- Diverse bird species
Accommodation in Moshi Town
This small city is especially a nice place before and after your Kilimanjaro climb.
But also an interesting base for short (walking) safaris in the area.